NASA plans to send out a robotic spacecraft to hunt down and capture an asteroid. Once caught, the asteroid will be brought into a stable orbit around the Moon, where it can freely float until astronauts head out to study it in person at a later date.
NASA researchers captured stunning images of the huge near-miss asteroid, dubbed "The Beast," that skimmed past Earth on Sunday.
A potentially dangerous asteroid nicknamed "The Beast" - first discovered April 23- is flying by Earth on Thursday and its trek will be broadcast live via the Slooh Space Camera starting at 11:30 a.m. PDT/2:30 p.m. EDT.
A fake CNN iReport that saw more than 300,000 hits before being taken down by the news agency claimed that a "Manhattan-sized" asteroid was headed for Earth and would make impact by 2041.
NASA astronauts Stan Love and Steve Bowen went underwater May 9 to test tools that will be used for a planned asteroid capture mission in the 2020s.
A small, bus-sized asteroid passed within 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) of Earth - closer than the Moon - on Saturday morning, but posed no threat to our planet, Space.com reported.
A new study shows an asteroid impact many times more powerful than the one that killed the dinosaurs probably hit the Earth about 3.2 billion years ago - a cataclysmic event that changed the world's tectonic activity, created a vast array of geological features, and contributed to a shift in evolutionary patterns.
Discovered a day before its closest approach to Earth, Asteroid 2013 LR6 came within roughly 65,000 miles of the planet as it flew over the Southern Ocean of Tasmania, Australia at 12:42 a.m. EDT on June 8.
NASA chief Charles Bolden checked in on the agency’s progress in its mission to lasso an asteroid on Thursday, approximately a month after the President Barack Obama announced in its 2014 budget a full $105 million to get the mission, which may eventually cost more than $2.6 billion, started.
An asteroid nearly 2 miles in length, nine times the length of the QE2 cruise ship, is set pass by Earth on May 31, according to NASA scientists.
NASA's latest infrared sensor designed to locate near-Earth objects passed a critical design test, according to a press release issued by the U.S. agency on Tuesday.
A small near-Earth asteroid called 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth Feb. 15, NASA officials said.
The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory has captured images of asteroid Apophis as it approached Earth this past weekend.
Astronomers have discovered a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, which is the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere.